Massive Ogden fire causes $3M in damage to 5 homes, apartments, cars

In Ogden, on Monday, June 28, 2021, a fire burns in several houses and an apartment complex under construction. (Chris Ward)

OGDEN – Firefighters stayed on site Tuesday morning after a massive overnight fire damaged five homes and an apartment complex under construction near 28th Street and Grant Avenue.

More than 80 firefighters responded to the four-alarm fire that broke out around 10:30 p.m. Monday, according to Shelby Willis, Ogden’s assistant fire chief. The crews reacted to the scene and found the apartment complex, five houses, three shops and a car on fire, she said. The fire brigade extinguished other sources of fire on Tuesday morning.

One firefighter suffered smoke inhalation and exhaustion, Willis said. Two women also suffered smoke inhalation and were taken to the hospital. Willis didn’t know her terms on Tuesday. Two brothers who were previously missing were found safe.

This is across the street from a body shop on the 28th in Ogden. The fire also damaged several fire engines that were so hot. pic.twitter.com/DQ1TJEC50D

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The residential complex is said to be a total loss. Fire engines and other vehicles nearby were also damaged, as were nearby shops. The fire reportedly caused at least $ 3 million in damage, Willis said.

One of the businesses that burned is a car rental company and at least 10 cars in its fleet have melted, Willis said. Several fire engines had also melted paint and lights, but remained in working order all night. It will likely cost $ 20,000 to $ 30,000 to repair the trucks, she said.

The fire started near the front of the apartment complex and quickly spread to surrounding homes, said Mike Mathieu, Ogden fire chief. The fire began near where another fire earlier in the day destroyed an abandoned building, causing an estimated $ 250,000 damage.

According to Willis, the police spoke to an interested person for more information about the investigation.

The fire department asked people to avoid the area.

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Ogden Fire near 28th and Grant. Several structures affected. pic.twitter.com/mXCcdXgFD5

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The power in the block was off and the crews worked at 6 o’clock to replace burned power poles; The lights on 28th and Washington Boulevard are off and should be treated as a four-way stop.

The Red Cross reacted to the scene and provided “immediate help for the residents involved in the multi-family fire”. Willis estimated that at least 10 residents were evicted.

Blackened room. Mutilated power pole. 28. and Grant after a four alarm fire in Ogden pic.twitter.com/dAlJiI99i6

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The fire brigade does not know what started the fire. Many firefighters said this was the biggest fire they had ever fought in the city, Willis said.

It is the second day in a row that fire departments on the Wasatch Front fought a massive fire. An apartment building in Salt Lake City went up in flames on Monday.

More information will be published as it becomes available.

Contribute: Ashley Fredde, KSL.com; Mary Richards, KSL NewsRadio

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